Acrobatics and clowning meet early-industrial mechanical ingenuity in Cirque Mechanics, which delighted Hop audiences with Birdhouse Factory and Pedal Punk. This show centers on an old-time circus with a classic 42-foot ring. That ring is transformed, Cirque Mechanics-style, with such human-powered inventions as a galloping metal horse and a rotating tent frame serving strongmen, tumblers and aerialists. Cirque’s playful, welcoming presence invites all ages to dream and devise with them.
Family Makerspace with the Montshire
Fri, December 7 • 6:30-7:45 pm • Top of the Hop • Free
Drop-in before the show and explore the science of Cirque Mechanics with the Montshire Museum of Science. Make a spinning top to explore different kinds of motion and create a whimsical balancing toy.
Montshire Makers @ the Hop
Fri, December 7 • 6:15-7:45 pm • Room 59, Hopkins Center
$15 for Montshire Museum members; $18 for non-membersMontshire Makers is the Montshire Museum of Science’s middle school program for curious and creative kids who want to design, build, and invent — all while hanging out. This monthly evening program’s December session will be a special event at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and includes a ticket to see Cirque Mechanics’ 42FT: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels at 8pm! Before the show, experiment with the science of balance and play by using unique paper and metal materials to create a work of art that balances. An ice skater, a tightrope walker, or even a basketball spinning on a finger can appear momentarily suspended in the air by magic, but it’s all about mass distribution and center of gravity (and lots of practice!). No magic wand required. Registration is required for this event. Register at montshire.org
Circus Science @ the Montshire!
Sat, December 8 • Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT
Free with museum admission; no registration requiredVisit the Montshire’s Science Discovery Lab to explore the scientific principles of balance. Learn all about how our own bodies balance. Create whimsical balancing toys. Investigate rotational motion by creating different spinning top designs. This special program was developed in partnership with the Hopkins Center for the Arts and inspired by the Cirque Mechanics production, 42FT—A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels. Learn More